Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Rant #1,064: New York "Spurts"
New York sports really aren't very good at the moment, and yes, I did use the word "spurts" purposely, because that is the state of our professional teams here.
They give us hope, generally play well in spurts, but ultimately, they are pretty bad.
The Yankees and Mets seasons are long over.
Neither made the playoffs, which for the Mets, is an annual failure.
For the Yankees, it is just the second time in 19 years that they haven't been in the postseason.
Although I am not a football fan, both the Giants and Jets aren't very good either.
The Jets are at best a .500 team, while the Giants have yet to win a game with more than one-third of their season over.
I am not a hockey fan either, but the Devils and Rangers don't appear to be very good, and the Islanders, well, they have one foot in Brooklyn already.
The only hope this year is in basketball, where the Nets and Knicks look to be pretty decent teams.
The Nets are trying to make their second year in Brooklyn a championship year, stocking themselves up with former Boston Celtics.
The Knicks are coming off their best season in two decades, and any team with Carmelo Anthony has to be reckoned with.
Of course, that is what I am saying now.
These two teams can go down the chute, too, as most New York teams do.
With all the media coverage, the frenzy, and the mania for the four top professional sports in New York, our teams really aren't very good historically.
The Jets haven't won the Super Bowl since 1970, the Mets haven't won anything since 1986.
The Islanders haven't been relevant since the 1980s, and the Devils and Rangers go through good spurts and bad.
The Knicks haven't won a championship since 1973, and the Nets were great in the ABA, but pretty mediocre in the NBA.
The only teams that really have made a statement as champions are the Giants and Yankees, two teams with long histories of winning.
But they won't win anything this year.
As a Yankees fan, sure, I am spoiled by being a fan of the most successful franchise in American sports history.
When they have a poor year, like they did this year, I just have to take it as an anomaly, and look forward to next year.
The Brooklyn Dodgers always did that. "Wait 'til next year!" their fans always cried.
And yes, I am crying, figuratively, this year, because New York sports aren't very good.
Let's go Knicks!
I say that with a bit of resignation.
This just isn't New York's year.
Posted by Larry at 2:25 AM